Need to know
297, including 20 suites.
11am for most, noon for Smith members; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. Late check-outs cost AU$15 for each hour after noon until 4pm.
Double rooms from $96.78 (AU$137), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (AU$38) and a 1.08 per cent credit card surcharge.
Fancy a retail fix but can't be bothered to leave the hotel? Call it at Qtique, the hip in-house boutique, which stocks Australian design and produce. For advice on where to shop, sip and sup, download the QT Concierge app, ready to rock on all mobiles. It promises top local tips on 'booze, babes, books, baba ganoush and ballooning'.
At the hotel
Spa, tennis courts, boutique, concierge, retro-style bikes for hire, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, WiFi and wired internet, Kevin Murphy bath products, DIY lemonade kits.
Our favourite rooms
Everything from the ceramic cockatoo side lamps to the replica Eames chairs and DIY lemonade kits make the rooms here kooky and cool, although some bathrooms and balconies are on the bijou side. We love the QT King Ocean View boudoirs for their sexy sea vistas, ideal for scoping surfers and beach action; lower-tier rooms offer river, mountain and hinterland views. For more space, bag a sea-view QT King Suite, which boasts a huge bathroom with Japanese soaking tub, a luxe separate lounge and bar.
Surrounded by tropical foliage, bright yellow 'Acapulco' lounge chairs, comfy white sunloungers and handy side tables for your mojito, the QT pool is a tempting oasis. It's not huge, but it's a decent size, and should satisfy all your posing requirements.
SpaQ is your go-to spot for pampering treatments, and includes a wet zone with a unisex hammam and ice-fountain for steamy times (and cooling down afterwards!). Waxing, brow and lash grooming will ensure you look your best.
Tropical-print bikinis and surf shorts for hitting the pool or beach; your surfboard if you're serious about working those waves. Come evening, trade Havaianas for high heels for wining and dining.
Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Gold Coast.
Very welcome; baby cots can be supplied for free, and extra beds for older kids up to age 12 are AU$55 a child a night.
QT Gold Coast is a family-friendly getaway, ideal for beach-hopping.
All ages, but tweens over 12 and teens will best suit this fun-filled hotel.
King Suites are a spacious option for fitting in an extra bed for kids; you can also request Twin or interconnecting rooms.
The pool and nearby beach should keep the kids occupied, but the hotel also provides PG or 12-rated DVDs for rainy days, as well as arts and crafts materials. You can hire bikes and helmets at the QT, and staff can advise you on local bike tours, jet-boat rides, canal cruises, go-karting and day tours. Children will love Sea World, an aquatic theme park nearby on the Spit, with boasts seal shows, sea lions and penguins, as well as themed attractions. Inland, Tamborine National Park offers hiking and a butterfly farm. Older kids may fancy trying their luck at surf classes, although the waves at Surfers Paradise might prove challenging.
Kids are welcome in the main pool, although there are no lifeguards on duty, so you'll need to keep an eye on them.
Kids will enjoy Bazaar's quirky, informal marketplace, where they can help themselves to whatever they fancy. There's no specific children's menu, but the Willy Wonka-style ice-cream station is sure to please Perhaps steer the smalls past the whole pig on a spit! Children can also kick back at vibrant lobby café Fixx or order snacks from the Pool Bar.
Available with two days' notice, price on application.
No need to pack
Baby cots, baby bedlinen, high chairs, booster seats, crayons, paints and paper, bikes and helmets, outdoor toys.
Free baby cots are available for infants up to age three; extra beds for kids up to 12 can be added to rooms for AU$55 a child a night. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
QT Gold Coast uses local, seasonal and free-range food in its restaurants, and is committed to recycling. It also offers eco-friendly tours in the area, from bicycling to horse-riding and hiking in nature reserves.